Home Design Chat with Nancy

Home Design Chat with Nancy

Home Design Chat with Nancy covers all aspects of every room in the home From remodeling to wine pairing, from aging in place to backyard kitchens. She even chats about the fun stuff like wines and foods.... Show More

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September 23, 2020 27 min

Nancy's guest this week is Sharon Sherman CKD, ASID, CID, an award-winning designer residing in Bergen Country, New Jersey.  Sharon has been published in many magazines and newspapers and has appeared on several TV shows.

The pandemic has resulted in many lifestyle changes, one of them being the necessity for a home office.  Many of us will most likely continue working from home and having a space to work efficiently is a must.

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In our last podcast Nancy and Les Sturtevant, owner of Designer Dream Kitchen Studio in Scottsdale, Az, discussed the key items to be addressed when planning your kitchen remodel.  This week they continued that topic with several more important key points to be considered:

Expanding the Space:  Removing non load bearing walls might be a way to open up your floorplan and increase the size of the kitchen. This could create a large op...

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Nancy's guest this week is Les Sturtevant, owner of Designer Dream Kitchen Studio in Scottsdale, AZ.  Les and Nancy discussed these key items to be addressed when planning your kitchen remodel:

Forgetting to plan a realistic Your Budget  - Do this before you tear out your cabinets!

Plan for the Big Picture - To look professional, chose all the finishes for your project before you start.

Choosing your Appliances First - Your app...

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September 2, 2020 31 min

During this Summer time of Covid-19 are you taking the opportunity to relax a little? Some of us might even relax and enjoy a glass of wine to say we made it through the day!

Lori Ann Harnish, Independent Ambassador with Boisset Wines, is Nancy's guest this week.  Lori Ann, also a very knowledgeable foodie, talked about the kinds of wines that would be the best for this time of year and what foods and menus to use when pairing ...

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August 26, 2020 27 min

Brad King, president of B & B Marketing, was Nancy's guest this week.  Brad and Nancy chatted about one of the most important areas in your kitchen - the Water Area.  Naturally, every kitchen at least one sink, some larger kitchens have 2 sinks and even 3 sinks.  Brad explains what a fire clay sink is, specifically the Bocchi sink with accessories.

Added to this wet area, the following items were discussed:

  • Faucets - So man...
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    August 19, 2020 26 min

    Monogram appliances introduced some new and interesting products so Nancy invited Deron Rensen, Senior Area Sales Manager with Monogram, to explain why we don't have to dry our dishes after they come out of the dishwasher, how the disposal works and the new pre-steam technology.

  • New Dishwasher with Max Dry technology
    Max Dry dries 2X better than leading DW
    Internal LED Lights
    Quiet Performance
    Over 90 water jets (including bott...
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    August 10, 2020 24 min

    If you don’t cook with steam or know nothing about how to use it, you have to listen to this podcast.  Janne Mahan, a chef and product trainer for Bosch, Thermador and Gaggenau, is Nancy’s guest this week.

    Did you know that when steam is added in various amounts to convection cooking, food is prepared faster, with greater nutrient retention, and favorite recipes can be used without change in temperature in less time AND with no pre...

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    August 3, 2020 28 min

    Nancy and Jem Funk, Interior and Lighting Design with Premier Lighting, is Nancy's guest.  The subject of their conversation was about some of the suggestions designers make for residential interiors.  We agree that you people shouldn't do whatever the designer says if it's not your lifestyle.  Nancy and Jem gave their viewpoint on the following design trends:

  • Wall-to-wall carpet -  not practical but a good price point,...
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    Tired of same the old colors for your kitchen?  Now you have 1,000 colors to pick from when you purchase your new range, hood, refrigerator and dishwasher.  Nancy's guest is JC Abbey, regional sales manager with BlueStar Appliance.  JC talked about BlueStar's ability to customize their appliances to enhance your kitchen.  In addition to all those colors they also do custom plating to match your hardware. JC also explained w...

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    Many of us are staying home creating things to do to keep busy.  Many of us already have a business and we certainly don't want to keep it a secret.  We all know that social media drives business but where do we start?  Having a website is one of the most important things for every business to have, no matter the size of the business.

    Nancy chatted with Chris Diamond, owner of Hogfish Web Studios, to explain 5 things to think a...

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    This week Lisa Rane with Berkshire Hathaway talked with Nancy about the Phoenix housing market and how the pandemic has affected sales. Also, they discussed the new home builds, mortgage rates, the resale inventory, and why Phoenix is still experiencing immense growth.

    If you are buying or selling a home, you'll want to know what the market changes are and what buyers & sellers are looking for.  Are those photos of your hom...

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    Have you ever wondered who prints those beautiful scenes on buses and trains?  Who prints those huge signs at arenas? Nancy's guest is Lisa Perkins, Art Consultant & Sales Representative with Image Craft and Viapagi, who does it all.  Image Craft has large format printing capabilities, and in-house services to make your project turnkey. They have award winning designs to bring your inspiration to reality. They will print ba...

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    Nancy's guest this week is Vince Cavale, National Sales Manager with QDI Surfaces.  Summer is here and everyone is working on their backyard so this is the perfect time to learn about pavers, which can be porcelain, concrete or stone. Learn about the benefits of using pavers, their characteristics, how they are installed and how to maintain them.

    You'll want to listen to this podcast to learn about pavers and other products...

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    Nancy’s guest is Steve Ertle, Merchandising Representative for B/S/H appliances.  Steve explained how the new crystal dry works on the Bosch dishwashers and why the in-line water heater is a plus instead of a heating element.  We also chatted about ProRanges with Titanium door and glass, side swing wall ovens and the Freedom induction cooktops.

    If you are remodeling your kitchen or just need to replace the existing ones, you really...

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    Nancy chatted with Jem Funk, lighting expert with Premier Lighting, about how to get the right lighting to change the mood of your home without contracting an electrician.

    Lighting can make or break the mood in a room and today we covered several ways to accomplish this. Listen and learn about unifying your bulbs, picking out the right LEDs, using layers of lights, diffusing your lights, dimming your lights without hard-wired dimme...

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    June 5, 2020 25 min

    Nancy's guest this week is Dan Hugo, a computer engineer with years of experience.  The subject was the Internet of Things and just how safe it really is. The more functionalities (apps) you add to your smartphone, the more information you store in the device. This could make smartphones and anything connected to them vulnerable to many different types of attacks.

    Don't be naive and think you have nothing to worry about. Li...

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    On March 11, 2020, Nancy and Les Sturdevant, owner of Design Dream Kitchen Studio in Scottsdale, discussed the evolution of kitchen design from the 1950’s to the 1990’s.  They were going to continue this theme for the 2000’s on the following podcast, but due to the Coronavirus and social distancing, the podcast got put on hold.

    They remotely recorded the podcast today chatting about the trends of the 2000’s and 2010 decade. They al...

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    Eric Skinner, owner of Premium Wholesale Cabinets in Phoenix, explained to Nancy the process of walking a new client through his showroom.  He explains the different cabinet construction and hardware.  He also shows the homeowner the many cabinet vignettes and explains the styles, wood species and stains of each cabinet manufacturer.

    As Eric was finishing our tour, we chatted about how he and his designers create a dream kitchen fo...

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    Nancy’s guest this week is Deren Rensen, Senior Area Sales Manager with Monogram Appliances.  Deren explained the differences between Monogram’s new collections:  The Statement and The Minimalist.  The Statement can work with Transitional or Traditional Kitchens while the Minimalist collection integrates seamlessly with the Contemporary look.

    Deren also talked about the Monogram videos showing delicious recipes from the Monogram Ch...

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    March 26, 2020 6 min

    Nancy suggests how to keep busy and positive in this world of the pandemic.
    This is a short, but upbeat podcast. 

    This has been a difficult for all of us and the sad thing is we don't have any idea when it will be over.  Following the CDC rules of social distancing, wearing a mask, washing your hands may help to end COVID-19.

    Stay safe

    This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting
    email questions to Nancy@NancyHugo.com

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